REPORT: Lou Ayeni leaving Iowa State for Northwestern

Iowa State will reportedly have a vacancy to fill on its football staff with a crucial recruiting period set to start this week. Running backs coach Lou Ayeni has accepted the same position at Northwestern, according to a report by Yahoo’s Pete Thamel.

Ayeni was named the national running backs coach of the year by 247Sports for his efforts in coaching up All-Big 12 performer David Montgomery and helping Iowa State complete the 2017 season with only one lost fumble. He first joined the Iowa State staff under Paul Rhoads in 2014 after spending three seasons with current ISU head coach Matt Campbell at Toledo.

Ayeni played at Northwestern from 1999-2003 and was a team captain as a senior. Stay tuned to Cyclone Fanatic for more on this developing story.

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.

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